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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

February 26, 2017
gluten free chocolate chip muffins

There are only a few more months of school left…..thank goodness! I am trying to keep up with some new, healthy, and edible lunch options for my oldest. I like to spice things up!

We do have to keep his lunch nut free (even though no one in the class has a nut allergy) and I personally like to make sure we lay off as much sugar as possible. Thinking about it, I should probably get a personal Thank You note from his teachers for that consideration! 🙂

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All Natural Pumpkin Caramels

October 13, 2016
pumpkin caramels

If you know me, you know that I love fall and I ABSOFREAKINLUTELY love Pumpkin!!! I also love desserts just as much (probably even more). That is why these all-natural pumpkin caramels are my new fav!

I am constantly on the lookout for healthy desserts. The less sugar the better. That is why dates are one of my favorite foods! I like to think of them as nature’s candy. 

Dates are full of fiber, iron, potassium, and B-vitamins. They also contain vitamins A, K, and the list goes on. They provide many health benefits including protecting cells from free radicals, helping to prevent stroke, coronary heart disease and the development of cancers. 

Obviously, keep in mind that you should have everything in moderation. Too many dates can provide your body with too much fructose.  Continue Reading…

Bulletproof Coffee – WTF is the Big Deal?

March 6, 2016

The other day I was on Instagram and saw that Jessica Biel could not live without her Bulletproof coffee. Later that same day I was reading in my Thrive magazine (yes, it was from the Holidays) about the amazing uses for coconut oil including, yes….Bulletproof coffee. Coincidence? I think not!

So, of course I had to find out what the big deal was. If this was a new craze, I had to try it. I have to be in the know at least.

So, I did some research about MCT, coconut oil, etc. I quickly came to the conclusion that:

A) I would use coconut oil since it is all natural (MCT is man-made)
B) Anything to give me more energy while using natural ingredients….sign me the heck up!
C) You can also lose weight. Bonus! Since moving to Chicago, I have eaten my way through half the damn restaurants in this town, so it would not hurt to lose a few lbs.

I then knew I was not going to buy the stuff, only because I am cheap and will find a way to make the crap on my own. 

I also wanted to make sure that I tried this stuff out for a while before I told my audience to try this. I wanted to make sure it did not make one crazy, psycho, or want to hurt others.

So, here is what I have learned, determined, and my modified recipe is below.

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Easy Homemade Butter

April 30, 2015

I am always on a mission to make my own food when I can. I like to do everything myself, can’t you tell?!  

Most of the time, making your own food is cheaper and does not take up too much time. Money and time are the two key factors in making most of my decisions. I need more or have to save more!

If I do know that a product does not cost much more to buy, the ingredients are minimal and healthy, and it will save me time….then I will get that sucker any day!

Unfortunately, to buy healthy products usually tends to be more costly and honestly, rightfully so. These are usually high quality products that involve a lot of love and labor. 

Not too long ago I was on a quest to make my own butter and stumbled upon this recipe (I google things a lot)….We (ok my husband) tweaked it a bit to really make it easier. 

This butter not only tastes great, but there are no additives or preservatives. Only one ingredient and I feel like it lasts us forever! Continue Reading…